CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Mountain Fire District (CMFD) personnel responded to two wildfires at around 4 pm Sunday, July 5. The fires were located west of Red Creek School.
“This appeared like it was started from a lighting strike during the afternoon storm,” CMFD said on Monday. “Crew access was difficult, they were not able to drive into the area.”
Fire crews hiked about two miles to reach the wildfires. CMFD said that local ranchers assisted in the response.
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“Upon reaching the area, crews found two (2) separate fires,” CMFD said. “CMFD crew worked aggressively with limited water for approximately 6 hours before feeling they had made the area safe and returned to the station.”
A Red Flag Warning will go into effect at 1 pm Monday for Natrona County, according to the National Weather Service in Riverton. That warning will remain in effect through 8 pm Wednesday.
“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now….or will shortly,” the NWS explains. “A combination of strong winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.”
During the Red Flag Warning for Natrona, temperatures of around 90 degrees are expected with humidity as low as 10%. The NWS says that winds are forecast at 15-25 mph west to southwest and that gusts could reach 35 mph.
“The strongest winds are expected Tuesday and Wednesday,” the NWS added.